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MAY 29-31, 2019 – ATHENS
THE THEME
BACK TO THE ROOTS
This year we are in Athens, the birthplace of democracy. While democracy has been in a free fall in centralized governance in recent years, more direct democratic practices are getting adopted in local administrations. Cities are on the rise and are developing their own approaches in areas such as digital citizenship and participation. All of these developments are paving way to new campaigns.

At EAPC's annual conference we will examine the new dynamics of political participation with an up-close look at how local administrations and political technologists are generating new ways for citizens to participate in decision-making. We will discuss the state of democracy and how political leaders and strategists, using the tools in their possession, can address the issues and concerns democracy faces in a hyper-polarised era.
Conference panels, workshops and sessions will address:
  • New tools for a better democracy: Close look at some of the new technologies that are enabling more direct forms of political participation.
  • Technology - Good or Evil?: How do new technologies affect voters? What are the effects of technology on public life?
  • Changing demographics: How can political consultants better understand the future voter?
  • Rise of cities: What renders a city a "destination" for the new generation of workers? How can political leaders and strategists find ways to attract new talent to their cities?
  • The "Anti-establishment" trend: Is the "anti-establishment" the new establishment?
  • Case studies from European elections: Selected case studies on recent election campaigns for the European Parliament, general elections, presidential elections, local elections.
  • Polaris Awards panels: Key learnings and insights.
  • Polling methodology up close: Are pollsters capturing the divides?
  • Digital, mobile and data: Innovation for democracy!

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